5 Resources For Reliable Information on COVID-19
The Coronavirus had it’s first known case in the United States on January 20, 2020 and since then the world as we know it has changed drastically.
The nation is on lockdown, state and federal governments are providing different information in regards to testing, how long we will stay at home, and what this means for the economy.
Along with varied responses across the world has created a state of confusion for citizens. As quickly as the Coronavirus can spread, so are unfounded claims and conspiracy theories.
From being labeled “fake news” on news channels to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok, the rise in posts on what is going on has increased ten-fold.
“Oregano Oil Proves Effective Against Coronavirus,” an unfounded claim
A hoax stating that the US government had “created and patented a vaccine for coronavirus years ago,” shared with nearly 5,000 Facebook users
A false claim that “coronavirus is a human-made virus in the laboratory”
It’s vitally important that you fact-check stories before you share them. It can be very easy to believe something that has millions of views on Youtube or has been shared thousands of times on Facebook. While we are all after the same results of the pandemic ending, spreading false information can be more damaging to this mission.
When we are searching for answers, it can be hard to discern what is real from what is made up.
This is why put together top resources for you to get the correct information that can help you during this time. If you aren’t sure about a story, please check one of the trusted sources below. We’ve added links to each one for you to click.
TOP RESOURCES TO GET COVID-19 INFORMATION
- The Centers for Disease Control: useful and relevant information from how to take care of children, managing as an older adult, travel, and what to do if you’re sick. They also provide regular updates, the science behind what is shared, and a newsletter you can sign up to receive updates.
- The World Health Organization: (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. They provide useful graphics, up-to-date information, media resources and current news from other countries battling COVID-19. They have also created a MYTH PAGE to combats incorrect information being shared.
- The National Health Service: part of the health service in the United Kingdom, they provide relevant information that is current, much of which applies to both the US and UK, as well as easy-to-understand pieces on how to prevent the spread.
- Global Health Now: this website provides articles backed by fact-checked research and sourced from other key reputable sources. They provide top news stories as related to the Coronavirus with unbiased opinions.
- Coronavirus.Gov: a simple website with to-the-point information, put together and backed by FEMA, the CDC, and White House.